Speaking in the wake of Tipperary’s 3-20 to 0-5 Waterford Crystal Cup win over Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh on Sunday manager Eamon O’Shea took time out to thank his players for their commitment.
“The effort is huge,” manager Eamon O’Shea told the Tipperary Star.
“It’s great to work with the players who really want to play and young players who really want to make an impression. We are really enjoying that part of the job.
“All of those players are really good hurlers. All of them are making a huge effort and we are very grateful for that; grateful that when we call a panel they will give us their very best.
“It’s great to have that sort of attitude. It’s first class.”
Although Tipperary’s 24-point win over LIT proved facile in nature the performances of Pádraic Maher, Paddy Stapleton, Ronan Maher, Séamus Callanan, John O’Dwyer and the combination play of Lar Corbett and Noel McGrath once introduced in the second half really caught the end.
“Not a great day for hurling, but we had a good win,” added Eamon O’Shea.
“It’s very early in the year and we are doing a lot of work at the moment.”
Tipperary will travel to Austin Stack Park in Tralee on Sunday, January 19th for a quarter-final clash with Kerry while a potential semi-final against WIT or UL awaits the victor on Sunday, January 26th.
Such appointments will help Eamon O’Shea and his management team to piece together their panel ahead of the Allianz National Hurling League campaign.
“The league is four or five weeks away so we will keep going with this for a while and see what happens in the next two or three weeks.
“We have a couple of other games coming up now so we will see how we go,” Eamon O’Shea said before explaining that Tipperary had a lot of work to do to force themselves back into contention for honours.
“We have a long way to come up. We are down at the bottom of the ladder.
“So, when you have a long way to come up the only way to do it is to work hard and climb it one step at a time. It’s a very competitive league. We saw last year that all the teams were on the same number of points.
“You are going to win some games and you are going to lose some games.
“You just hope that at the end of the league you are on the right side of things,” Eamon O’Shea said.
“You are always hoping to move forward. You are hoping to improve things. My aim for this year is just to try to improve things.
“If I get that right I will be very happy. We will really work hard and the panel really is working hard. So, hopefully we will see the fruits of that at some stage.”
Tipperary’s opening league game is home to Waterford on Saturday, February 15th in Semple Stadium, Thurles at 7pm.